Conscious Chatter with Kestrel Jenkins
About This Show
An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. Hosted by conscious fashion freak Kestrel Jenkins, Conscious Chatter is a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the industry.
Most Recent Episode
S03 Episode 106 | CRAFTIVISTS + THE ART OF GENTLE PROTEST
2 days ago
In episode 106, Kestrel welcomes Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, to the show. An inclusive group of people committed to using thoughtful, beautiful crafted works to help themselves and encourage others be the positive change they wish to see in the world, the Craftivist Collective has built a global movement.
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Moving the Conscious Fashion Conversation Forward
I doubt she’d remember this, but years ago while I was shopping for new shoes, Kestrel Jenkins helped direct me, through another of her ventures, to some fair trade options. So I’m very pleased to have happened upon her ongoing work via the excellent Conscious Chatter podcast.
Fashion was never something very much on my mind, but clothing is a basic necessity, which means it is also basic to many of the human rights and environmental issues that I’m working to become more aware of. I didn’t realize, for example, that the apparel industry was the world’s second largest polluter after oil. As Jenkins says, “what we wear matters,” yet consumers have been slow to pay the same level of attention to the clothes we put on our bodies as we do to the food we put in them.
It’s clear that Jenkins has spent many years advancing this conversation on ethical fashion, and the podcast provides a great service connecting listeners to her network of guests including designers, producers, entrepreneurs, and activists. The discussions on Conscious Chatter are informative and insightful but also unexpectedly personal, sometimes even quite intense, reflecting the host’s interest in reshaping our understanding of fashion by relating the stories behind the clothes we wear. The candid nature of the podcast makes it the perfect medium for telling these stories.
Most essential is the positivity that Jenkins brings to the conversation. The purpose is not to shame or paralyze listeners with heavy talk of the tremendous water waste in jeans production or the deplorable conditions in garment factories, but to motivate them by suggesting real steps to move things forward. Inspiring listeners to learn, reflect, and apply, Conscious Chatter brings a much needed voice to the fashion space.
Date published: 2016-11-23